The BCGS Certificate will take place on Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 9:00 to 2:00.

Registration is open. Register now to secure a spot; last time the slots got filled very quickly.

The BCGS Guitar Certificate program is designed to cultivate and promote classical guitar education throughout the state of Maryland, and its neighboring states. Students and performers of all ages and levels of ability can participate. Participants will be evaluated on a set of graded requirements, ranging from levels 1-15. Upon successful completion, students will receive written feedback from professional educators, as well as a certificate for their participation.

Certificate Performance Requirements:


-Two prepared pieces to be selected from Repertoire List.  Students may propose alternative repertoire for the level to which they are applying, at the time of application. Here is a list of scales as well.

Examination Levels:

Levels 1-15

Performer Registration Fee for BCGS Certificate:

$25  (In addition, BCGS membership is required to be evaluated by our expert jury)

Where and When:

Sunday, April 5, 2020.



Repertoire List:

Click on this link “Repertoire List” for a list of pieces and their corresponding levels. These pieces are suggestions only; you are welcome to perform any pieces that you like, but you need to contact us beforehand to clarify within which level your pieces will fall. Here is a list of scales.


Please put information on the music you will be performing (full name of the piece and movement if appropriate, the name and dates of the composer) in the box under “Additional Information” on the check-out page when registering. You can also include any other information such as how long you have been playing and who your teacher is, if you wish.

Free Parking:

Parking couldn’t be easier, it is right across from the entrance to the Center for the Arts, in lot 8. Just a few steps away. Enter the Arts and Humanities Building (where Linehan Concert Hall is) and go downstairs. The stairs are right in front of you. You will be met by a BCGS person at the bottom of the stairs who will guide you.

Anything else? 

Contact us HERE.

We have selected music from the standard repertory and you should be able to find the required scores wherever you regularly purchase music.  In many cases, the required music is already in the public domain and may be found for free on IMSLP. We have also included a link to the music in the Repertoire List when the music is in public domain. Here is a link to the scales.

The Certificate Program is open to guitarists of all ages and abilities!  Please see the Repertoire List in order to determine which level is most appropriate for you.

You will receive higher overall marks for music that is memorized, but it is perfectly acceptable to perform with the music.

You can access the evaluation rubric at this link.

There is no formal dress code, but it doesn’t hurt to look nice! Remember the way a musician presents themselves contributes a great deal to the overall performance.

Please bring everything you will need in order to perform the repertoire from your level (instrument, footstool, music, etc.)

Each evaluation should last approximately 10 minutes.

No, this is not a public performance. Each student will present their prepared repertoire in front a small and private jury of guitarists selected by the BCGS.

Everyone who successfully participate will receive an official certificate, signed by the President and Artistic Advisor of the BCGS.  Additionally, you will receive comments from the jury members with suggestions for how to continue improving your understanding and ability as a guitarist.



Looking for a place for brunch / lunch after the auditions?

Check out these restaurants who are only a few minutes away from UMBC.

Catonsville Gourmet

829 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD. 21228  410-788-0005

Ships Cafe Restaurant and Crab House

828 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228 (410) 744-1838

Umami Global Bistro

712 Fredrick Rd. Catonsville, MD 21228 (410) 788-7878

Apply HERE
2019 Jury
Front row: Zoe Johnstone Stewart (Juror), Jeremy Lyons (Juror), Meng Su (BCGS Artist-in-Residence/Juror)
Back row: Jesse Washburn (BCGS Intern), Jonathan Zwi (Program Director)